Well, that sure took awhile. Three months after word leaked that A&E drama 'Longmire' was being renewed for a third season, the network has finally officially confirmed the pick up.
'Longmire' debuted in the summer of 2012, and quickly carved out a place for itself amongst the A&E landscape. The ratings certainly aren't at 'Walking Dead' levels, but the show draws a consistent, extremely loyal audience. Not to mention that the show is beloved by critics. Season 2 averaged 3.7 million viewers, with this past August's finale bringing in 4.4 million. Many broadcast network dramas would be happy to do that well.
The series is a quasi-western drama, based on a series of mystery novels by author Craig Johnson. The plot follows Sheriff Walt Longmire, head lawman of Absaroka County, Wyoming, as he investigates the surprisingly large number of murders in such a lightly populated area. Helping him with this task are his attorney daughter Cady (Cassidy Freeman), his deputy Victoria "Vic" Moretti (Katee Sackhoff), and friend Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips).
Without revealing any spoilers, the second season finale told quite the story, complete with murders, suicides, treachery, secrecy and an ending that points to an even bigger threat headed Longmire's way. Things seem about to go from bad to worse, and I'm sure fans can't wait to watch them do so.
The 10 episode third season of 'Longmire' will premiere in summer 2014. Why they went back down to 10, after just doing 13 episodes this year, is a mystery. Maybe Sheriff Longmire should investigate.